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I Have Good News and I Have Bad News

The bad news is we’re all going to die, the good news is soon enough we will all have a watch to remind us of that everyday.

The Apple Watch has an app, Life Clock, that estimates down to the second when that day will come, adding more time for good healthy decisions and subtracting time for negative habits and behaviors.

I think this is appropriate for Apple, given that Steve Jobs contemplated his mortality each day, long before he had cancer, according to a biographer.

He had a ritual in the mirror each morning where he’d ask himself if this were his last day on earth would he be happy with what he was doing? If there were several days in a row when that answer was no, he made changes, drastic ones if necessary.

Would this app make us neurotic, perhaps. But it might also remind us just how precious time is and how valuable each day of our lives can be. It might also help us to quit that stupid job or to care less about that petty fight. Well, one can only hope.

A blessing I had having lost my mom so young was that I’ve never lost a sense of my own mortality. For years, unfortunately, I could have cared less whether I came or went. But when I did start caring, really caring, I was well aware of the race against the clock.

There is no dress rehearsal, right? This is it. Let’s then, gets to steppin!

I leave you with this: Good idea, Apple? Bad idea?


Much Love,


Kat Hurley is a transformational author, inspirational storyteller, and live your dream life coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit, yo!


2 Responses to “I Have Good News and I Have Bad News”

  1. docwallaby

    An interesting idea. I would like to point out to the author of this piece, though, that Life Clock is a planned third-party application by rehabstudio, and not one of the built-in Apple Watch applications.

    Depending on who you speak to, this app could either be taken as extremely classless or an inspirational motivating force. I may have to check it out when the Apple Watch comes out (provided that this gets approved and allowed on the App Store), although to be honest I am a little uncomfortable with the idea of an app telling me how many seconds, minutes, hours, or days my poor decisions are taking off of my life.


    • kat.hurley

      Yes, the article I linked above is all about Rehabstudio and their idea for the app. I should have posed that final question better, you’re right.

      As far as the app goes, yeah … I agree. It can get a little dicey when an app is second guessing your choices. Although, if it helps prevent people from making poor decisions, more power to ’em.

      I imagine like calorie counting apps and workout apps and those alike, they have their success stories as well as their slippery slopes.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Liked by 1 person


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